Cyprus Football Association (CFA) President Costakis Koutsokoumnis has confirmed that Europe’s governing body for football (UEFA) have alerted them that a game last weekend was probably fixed.
UEFA officials had detected suspicious betting patterns during the game on the weekend between first division Limassol clubs AEZ and Apollon. Apollon had ran out 4-0 winners on the night with betting volume reaching disproportionately high levels after halftime with AEZ already losing 2-0.
Koutsokoumnis had taken to his Facebook page on Tuesday night to confirm that a red file had arrived at the CFA offices from UEFA for the AEZ v Apollon game.
“The files will determine who is accountable, not the CFA”, confirmed Koutsokoumnis.
In the past, a yellow file had signaled that a game was probably fixed while a red file signals that a game was almost certainly fixed.
Only the team or teams mentioned in the dossier will be subject to a penalty.
Last season, the CFA had sent out a circular informing the clubs of the penalties in the event that their team is found accountable in possible match-fixing.
The first file implicating a team will see the club handed a €5,000 fine. A second file will see another penalty amounting to €10,000 with a total ban on CFA subsidy for the club if it is implicated a third time.
The fourth time will see the club deducted three points, the fifth six points, the sixth nine points while the club will be demoted if it is implicated for a seventh time.
The sanctions and penalties will also stretch to club officials and coaches. The coach of the team will incur a two-year ban if his team is implicated in four files. The same will apply for the club chairman of that team.
Cyprus is already reeling from accusations that from the international press that it is awash with corruption and match-fixing.
A report in the Guardian – which painted a gangland style picture of how football is run on the island – sparked an angry response from the CFA.